There used to be a time when Arsenal beat the opposition in the tunnel before the game. Sometimes it can appear that those days are no more.
Unfortunately for Gooners, and Arsenal, we are seen as the soft touch of the so-called top four and the fear we used to generate through the Premiership seems to be at an all time low.
Sides play Arsenal and believe that they can beat us. Or at least get something from the game. It used to be so different.
We have become predictable and teams know that putting ten men behind the ball causes us real problems. We are finding it hard to break down sides when we used to have the answer.
When teams "park the bus" in front of goal it shows an element of fear but more than anything it shows that teams have worked us out. Causing frustration for the players and especially us Gooners.
I think that our lethargic starts to games doesn't help. We seem very slow in our build up play and allow teams to get behind the ball. Which as we all know, causes us problems.
We need to somehow get that fear back. As much as it pains me to say the current personnel in the Arsenal squad probably doesn't help.
Without trying to sound as though I'm making scapegoats the likes of Song, Denilson (although he has improved this season) and even Bendtner probably do not strike fear into the opposing side.
Wenger can't add to the squad until the summer now but the return of Eduardo, Fabregas, Rosicky, Walcott and the signing of Arshavin will add a lot more to this Arsenal side.
We need to get behind the team until the end of the season and turn the Emirates into a cauldron. Perhaps if the players aren't scaring the other team then maybe we Gooners can have a go?
I believe we will finish in the top four but we need to get the fear back into us. Let other clubs dread playing us not fancy it.
Keep it Goonerish..........